By Nykell Flowers
OSU Social Work Intern
Thursday, September 10th was my first night meeting the children at Kids Club. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first night was very overwhelming but overwhelming in a good way. I was exposed to many children of different ages and ethnicity. I was even exposed to children who didn’t speak English, which was one of the more difficult things I had to deal with at Kids Club. It broke my heart when I wasn’t able to play one of the games with a little girl because it required us to talk to each other and she didn’t know English and I knew very little Spanish. It definitely made me want to pick up Spanish classes again and made me regret not taking seriously the Spanish classes I took in high school. Being bilingual in this day and age is very important.
At the Family ESL Program, SON Ministries does a good job with trying to meet the needs of all of the people (ages 3 months – grandparent age!) who come to learn English or receive help with homework. Everything at the program is very well organized. I can definitely tell that everyone that was present (staff and volunteers!) was really there for the good of the people and willing to do whatever it takes to make this night as smooth – and welcoming – as possible for them.
At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources and a HAND UP to break the cycle of poverty.